Jennifer Harris

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Jennifer Harris is a former player of the Pennsylvania State University Lady Lions basketball team.

High school[edit]

Harris played for Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2003 WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored two points.[1]


In 2006, she accused Rene Portland the coach of Lady Lions of removing her from the team because of her perceived sexual orientation. Harris filed federal lawsuit against Portland, the University athletic director Timothy Curley, and the University. An internal University review found that Portland created a "hostile, intimidating, and offensive environment" based on Harris's perceived sexual orientation. Portland was fined $10,000, required to attend diversity training sessions, and placed on "zero tolerance" for future violations of the nondiscrimination policy.[2] The lawsuit was settled under confidential terms, and described by a joint statement as "amicable."[3] Jennifer Harris graduated from James Madison University in 2008. Due to a career ending ankle injury, she is unable to pursue her dream to play in the WNBA. The affair including testimonies by other Lions players was covered in a multiple award-winning 2009 documentary film titled Training Rules directed by Dee Mosbacher and Fawn Yacker.


  1. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  2. ^ The Pennsylvania State University (2006-04-18). "University concludes investigation of claims against women's basketball coach". Penn State Live. The Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 2007-02-09. 
  3. ^ Harris, Jennifer; Rene Portland; Timothy Curley; The Pennsylvania State University (2007-02-05). "Harris claim settled". Penn State Live. The Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 2007-02-09.